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Battlestar Galactica

Season 2 Episode 7

Home, Part 2

3
Aired Friday 10:00 PM Aug 26, 2005 on Syfy
9.3
out of 10
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Adama heads to Kobol to find Roslin, reassembles the fleet and heads down to Kobol to find the presidential party in search of the "tomb of Athena" which allegedly leads to Earth.

The two groups meet, Adama and Roslin make their peace and continue on their expedition. Apollo hangs out with Starbuck, while Zarek tries to keep his ally busy plotting with Sharon, who is unaware of tension building between Helo and Tyrol.moreless

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  • The gods shall lift those who lift each other.

    9.0
    In terms of actual significane within the narrative, this episode is probably the most important turning point so far, outstripping even Kobol's Last Gleaming. At the end of the episode, not only is the entire cast reunited in the fleet for the first time ever, but it was also confirmed that Earth does indeed exist and the survivors now have a very definite goal to reach it. Even Adama, who previously had no real faith that Earth actually existed, now has a much larger purpose by the end of the episode. It's a bold move to make in only the second season of the show, and not even halfway through it at that, but it works somehow. Very well, in fact. Indeed, the only reason my grade here isn't in the 9.5-10.0 range is because of a rare moment of silly writing in the tomb scene, but we'll get to that in a moment because the characterization in this episode with its effective reset of the events of the season 1 finale is on point and totally believable.



    Sharon's character arc, even after her literal death in Resistance, remains utterly painful. No one other than Helo gives her any trust at all. One of the better scenes in the episode and the season so far is the one where Adama attempts to kill the new Sharon. As she remembers in flashes the relationship that her old self had had with Adama, she quietly whispers, "And you ask why?" I'm not saying that I feel any sympathy at all for the Cylon race, especially after The Farm, but unless she's playing a very long con I can fully believe that this Sharon is somehow different or defective which means she can't be controlled by the Cylons. In that case, it's hard not to feel incredibly sorry for her.



    This is also a great episode for Adama and Roslin alike, and their reunion scene is one of the most powerful personal exchanges I've ever seen. As Roslin second-guesses her decision to ever leave Earth at all, Adama forgives her for abandoning the fleet and comforts her, assuring that her counsel to not stay behind and fight gave him and his son days, if not more, to live. There's a nice extra touch added by a cut of the camera to a scene of Starbuck and Lee playing. Both Roslin and Adama are incredibly complex characters, perhaps the show's best, but if this single, simple exchange doesn't summarize them perfectly in just a few meaningful sentences then I don't know what does. Adama similarly forgives his son. If this is surprising at first, I think it makes sense because he took Dee's advice at the end of the last episode to heart - it's not betrayal and rage that fills him up, but a sense that he has for the moment failed in his mission to bring everyone to Earth and keep them safe at least. So when he finally sees Lee and Roslin, he views them not as dangerous traitors but just as more survivors that he needs to protect.



    The scenes at the tomb were, unfortunately, a lot less coherent than the excellent remainder of the episode. In the scene when Sharon turns on Adama at the gate of the tomb, two people die but it's really not even acknowledged, and after the exchange is over they just go back to pushing the door open. I understand that there wasn't much time left in the episode, but it does seem a bit crass to just leave characters that died onscreen out in the grass without any sort of acknowledgement. Then, when they enter the tomb, the teleportation thing that occurs is a bit weird. It's a powerful scene symbolically since it represents the most basic goal of their journey, but you have to notice that the writers sort of gloss over how they get back from that planet. It's only the most minor of complaints though, and the excellent writing quickly returns in the scene where Laura Roslin is reinstated as president, and everyone is at long last, 20 episodes later, together again.



    Baltar gets a subplot here that's pretty cool as well. More than ever the episode directly acknowledges has NO CLUE what's happening to him or what Head!Six really is. Apparently she's an angel of God. I don't buy that for a moment, and neither does Gaius clearly, but I guess we'll just see where that story takes us.



    Now the only question is how long will it take for everyone to get separated yet again?moreless
  • Stories continue to build

    9.5
    I am finding the whole series enthralling. The charachters are great, and the whole background story to the rise of the psylons is totally believable in my mind.



    In this episode the key moments involved Sharon. She seemed to have a recollection of when Adama spoke to the dead Sharon on Battlestar. He asked the corpse "Why?", and in this episode the current clone of Sharon also commented "and you wanted to know why!". That I found a little strange, could the corpse Sharon still have been transmitting data back to the central "brain". Then the second instance came where the new Sharon had a chance to kill Adama, and she choopse not to. She explained this as she had free will and was able to do what she wanted. But overall this made me wonder what was the difference betweeen the two Sharon's? Had this one some how evolved further? Why couldn't the Sharon on Battlestar have exercised her free will? She seemed to go into auto-pilot and not acting out of free will. Anyone the whole episode was great entertainment, and very thought provoking.moreless
  • Home, Part 2

    10
    Home, Part 2 was an amazing and very entertaining episode of Battlestar Galactica and I really enjoyed watching because the action, drama, and intrigue were intense and fun to watch. Adama decides to find the President and reassemble the fleet and when he finds them he has another encounter with the other Sharon which was cool. When they were transported to Earth inside the Tomb of Athena it was beautiful and a great moment of hope for every one. There was a sad loss on the mission and some surprising turn of events. I look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • The one where: Sharon must make a choice.

    7.0
    I'm gonna be a bit lazy here, and just throw my review for both parts into one.

    I wonder why these couple of episodes were marked as a two-parter? Does it save money? I'm asking because both episodes didn't feel entirely cohesive, with enough differentiation plot-wise to distinguish themselves as singular episodes, as with the last few episodes. I guess they just wanted to round off the Kobal plot once and for all.

    To be perfectly honest, there's not a lot here worth mentioning. Most of the talking points revolve around someone either threatening to kill Sharon, or just generally manhandling the poor cylon. The scenes where Lee and Bill grab Sharon by the scruff of the neck and attack her are really well done. I'm sure Grace Park suffered a few war wounds during this shoot. Sharon had a lot to prove here, and I think she won over [mostly] everyone.



    After an arduous trek through a curiously earth-looking planet, Roslin and her cohort of followers finally make it to the tomb of Athena. They're mysteriously transported to a remote location (an island in space? Or something?) where they discover that they're actually standing on earth (or something?). They find out the constellation they need to hunt down in order to find earth. Why don't they just settle on Kobol? It meets all of their requirements. I just don't know.



    Elsewhere, in subplots across both episodes, Gaius believes that he slowly going insane...because a sexy pair of legs in a dress that only he can see told him he was so. Ya gotta love it. It turns out that head-Six believes that Sharon's baby is the revered child that she and Gaius will raise together. Interesting! I love how little Six thinks of Sharon. Total sibling rivalry.



    All in all, this is an awesome episode for Sharon. But as a whole, it's a tad boring watching a bunch of people soaked to the core trudge across very familiar looking terrain. However, both Billy and Dee rise to the occasion when their respective leader isn't feeling up to scratch. I liked that.moreless
  • A price of blood.

    8.0
    I wasn't digging Baltar's story line(a rare miss), because as Baltar even pointed out himself, it felt like it had all been done before. He doubts Six and her beliefs and she comes up with a punishment/lesson for him to endure. And while that is exactly what happened, it was worth it as it finished up with an incredible scene and a nice spot of dialogue.



    Baltar: "Then who...or what are you exactly?"

    Six: "I'm an angel of God sent here to protect you. To guide you and to love you."

    Baltar: "To what end?"

    Six: "To the end of the human race."



    I liked Sharon's scene with Helo, as they made camp for the night on Kobol, where in she explained how vivid her memories of her life on board Galactica are. It was interesting how even she herself thought it was odd, even though she knows she's a Cylon, as if she is trying to come to terms with exactly what she is. It also helped setup what was probably her best line to date, "And you ask why", made even better by her raspy voiced delivery that came from Adama choking her. I also thought her plan for self preservation was well written and pulled off convincingly(plus I love COP .357 Derringers so that was a nice little bonus).



    I was hoping Adama would bring along a portable cell for Roslin(especially after her, "I didn't ask for your forgiveness" line), but deep down I knew it had to go down the way it did. Even I can set aside my petty dislikes for the good of the fleet, and the fleet needs a president. Adama's reunion with Apollo was emotional, but I think his moment with Starbuck was better. The way she kept her eyes downcast, unable to make keep eye contact with Adama, was really moving.



    I feel like I should comment on the prophecies/quest for Earth storyline as I haven't yet and this episode saw a major development in it. It's lead to some good storylines(most of this season really), but the scenes directly concerning the prophecy and Earth don't really grab me. I mean the scene during this episode in the Tomb of Athena was pretty damn intriguing but it was also payoff for a long buildup. I don't know, I keep wanting to hear the Cylons' view on the whole thing. As has been revealed they obviously have an interest in the prophecies. But is it just to find Earth so they can wipe out the legendary thirteenth colony?(with Six's comments in this episode it wouldn't surprise me) Or does their God have something planed for them concerning Earth? I guess I just need patience.



    Best episode since Resistance.moreless
James Remar

James Remar

Meier

Guest Star

Alessandro Juliani

Alessandro Juliani

Felix Gaeta

Recurring Role

Paul Campbell

Paul Campbell

Billy Keikeya

Recurring Role

Tahmoh Penikett

Tahmoh Penikett

Karl "Helo" Agathon

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • In this episode we saw that the Arrow of Apollo opened the Tomb of Athena, which led to a map to Earth. The map was a collection of gems representing the constellations of the Zodiac. Starbuck realized that Earth must be the place where one can see all twelve of the constellations at once.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Sharon: (points a gun at Adama) I need you to know something. I'm Sharon, but I'm a different Sharon. I know who I am. I don't have hidden protocols or programs lying in wait to be activated. I make my own choices. I make my own decisions and I need you to know that this is my choice.

    • Helo: How much further?
      Sharon: Farther.
      Helo: What?
      Sharon: "Farther" describes actual distance. "Further" is more figurative.
      Helo: You're a dictionary now?
      Sharon: I'm sorry I'm smarter than you.

    • Starbuck (muttering): Stupid frakkin' thing couldn't come with a handbook? No, because that would be too logical.
      Roslin (quoting the Book of Pythia): "And the Arrow of Apollo will open the Tomb of Athena".
      Starbuck: Yeah, well unless anyone sees a keyhole or, whatever, then we're either in the wrong place or we're perfectly screwed.

    • Baltar: Then who, or what, are you, exactly?
      Number Six: I'm an angel of God sent here to protect you, to guide you and to love you.
      Baltar: To what end?
      Number Six: To the end of the human race.

    • (Looking through the bars of a cell, Baltar turns and sees No. 6 sitting naked, straddling the chair)
      Baltar: Oh - you decided to brighten up the place a little, did you?
      No. 6: Our child will be born here, in this room. (pauses) You're not listening!
      Baltar: Oh, do you notice? No, I've had enough. Do you seriously expect me to listen to you when you sit around stark naked?

    • Apollo: You know, we should keep an eye on [Helo], too.
      Starbuck: Helo's a friend of mine, alright? He's one of the good guys.
      Apollo: Yeah? Sharon was a friend of yours, too.

    • Adama: She thinks you'll be President one day.
      Billy: 'Scuse me?
      Adama: That's what she said to me once, that you reminded her of President Adar when he ran for his first office.
      Billy: I don't really know how to respond to that, sir.
      Adama: Don't let it go to your head. Adar was a moron.

  • NOTES (2)

    • When Baltar first speaks with Number Six in the holding cell, she is completely nude. After she appears in a jogging outfit and a different hairstyle, Baltar addresses her as Sara, suggesting that this was the name she used on Caprica.

    • Number of Survivors: 47,855

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Lagoon Nebula

      In the map room of the Tomb of Athena, Apollo identified the Lagoon Nebula. Also known by the astronomical catalog numbers M8 and NGC 6523, it is a cloud of interstellar gas 5,200 light-years from Earth, believed to be a breeding area for new stars. It is faintly visible to the naked eye in the constellation of Sagittarius.

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